What Is a Nut Driver?

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A nut driver is a hand-held tool used in a variety of household and commercial applications. It is used to secure and undo a nut, which is a hexagonal fastener used in conjunction with a bolt.

Function

  • The end of the driver contains a hexagonal opening that slips over the nut, and when twisted by hand, uses the force of torsion to tighten or loosen nuts as necessary.

Material

  • Nut drivers are made out of high-strength tempered steel and plastic. More expensive models often incorporate a rubber grip handle.

Types

  • Aside from the standard hand-held type, nut drivers are available as steel drill bits that can be used with an electric drill.

Sizes

  • Nut drivers are available in a range of standard sizes to fit different-sized nuts. Both metric and imperial sizing systems are used.

Uses

  • Nut drivers are used wherever nuts are present in machinery, including automotive mechanics, bicycle mechanics and household-white appliances.

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